Further Seems Forever

Further Seems Forever

By the time Florida rock band Further Seems Forever released its much-lauded debut album, The Moon Is Down, in 2001, its formative singer, Chris Carrabba, had already exited the group. Carrabba, who had joined the band shortly after its formation in 1998, appeared on their 1999 debut EP, From The 27th State, and spent the next few years on the road. But after collectively penning the tracks that would appear on The Moon Is Down, the band suffered a falling out. Carrabba agreed to record the disc, but would leave once it was finished. The following years yielded two more singers, two further albums, 2003's How To Start a Fire and 2004's Hide Nothing, and numerous lineup changes, and by 2005 Further Seems Forever had announced its hiatus.

But no one likes a story that just abruptly ends. We want tales that comes full circle, bringing the musicians we admire back to where they began. So when Further Seems Forever's original lineup reunited for an appearance at the Skate and Surf festival in 2005 (where a mini riot ensued when eager fans couldn't get in), hope for something more glimmered. And, after friendly reconciliations and some casual music sessions, Further Seems Forever's original lineup announced its official reunion in the spring of 2010.

"I think time heals all wounds," Carrabba says. "I think this is a really creative combination of people and a really combative combination of people. But because we've grown up we've learned to deal with our collective combative nature without sacrificing our creative connection. I think this happening so organically. Getting to play music together again feels like being a band for the first time. My bandmates had decided they were never going to play music again. That is how significant it is."

So, nearly 12 years later, Further Seems Forever will release a follow-up to The Moon Is Down. Carrabba, who has put his solo project Dashboard Confessional temporarily on hold to pursue this reunion, co-produced the disc with Jonathan Clark and Mike Fanuell in his own studio in South Florida. The group spent over two years consistently penning and laying down the tracks, mostly on the weekends. The question on everyone's mind was: How could the band effectively translate the youthful energy of their into numbers that reflected the passage of years and the accumulation of experience?

"I think it has a broadened viewpoint of the world," Carrabba says of the album, titled Penny Black. "We had to figure out how to take that punk rock aesthetic that had inspired the band in the beginning and grow it up. That was something we hoped to do, find a way to grow up the music without leaving behind the urgency and importance of the music."

Penny Black, which comes out in October via Rise Records, both mirrors and expands upon Further Seems Forever's early aesthetic, collecting 11 rock songs that resonate deeply with the listener. "So Cold," a propulsive rocker, imports the band's live energy. "There's this palpable feeling that we're playing instruments and in that moment we can't believe we get to do this," Carrabba notes. "It exemplifies just how excited we are to be playing together." The melodic layers of "On the Outside," a track Carrabba says "somehow relates to the songs on The Moon Is Down," brings in heavier tones while acoustic ballad "Janie" takes the group into novel territory.

"I think we took some big step forward to do things that we would have never allowed ourselves to do at all," Carrabba says of the latter. "In the past we wouldn't allow ourselves to do a song like that. And at some point in this album we thought, 'This could certainly be the last record we ever make and that's a beautiful song and we're in charge so we get to put it on there.'"

With the release of this album Further Seems Forever finally comes full circle, bringing the story back around to the beginning. Although they can't predict the future, particularly when it comes to these five musicians, the aim is to continue the band beyond the album and the tours that will support it. Penny Black not only marks a return to form for a group that has been so beloved over the years, but also yields the opportunity to conclude one chapter and open the next.

"I think I speak for the band as a whole: It's closure on a long, convoluted history," Carrabba says. "From the first record to this record, which, for some of us, is our second album with Further Seems Forever. It's great to finally get a chance to follow up what we did with the five of us together."

Terrible Things

Nearly two years after releasing their self-titled debut, TERRIBLE THINGS returns as a three piece with two new faces. Beating the "supergroup" curse of one album and done, Fred Mascherino (Taking Back Sunday, Breaking Pangaea, The Color Fred) is rejuvenated and back in the producer's chair wearing his writing cap. "I never really stopped working on Terrible Things. We were starting to write our second record when Josh Eppard was asked to rejoin Coheed And Cambria on drums. I went completely underground to make sure that I had something before I tried to bring the band back", explains Mascherino.

After a lot of thinking during his brief hiatus, Fred called on his sidekick Steve Curtiss from his previous band The Color Fred to replace Eppard. "I was playing drums on demos of the new songs and every time I listened back I kept thinking about the way Steve would play it. I wrote The Color Fred record with him and we work really well together. When we first talked about playing together again, we both wanted to make sure that we took this to another level beyond what we had done before so we've been really pushing each other this time", comments Mascherino. Fred then tapped new talent Aaron Van Allen to carry on the duties of bass and backing vocals. "Aaron is great on just about any instrument, but it's especially great to hear him sing on the songs", adds Mascherino. "This is the first time in years that I've had a band that all lives in the same place, so we rehearse nearly every night. It's going to make a big difference for our live performances", explains Mascherino.

Revived and energized, Terrible Things will hit the ground running next month on their very first headline run (dates below). Their inaugural shows with the new lineup and music will kick off not so far from Fred's hometown of Coatesville, PA in Lancaster, PA at Chameleon Club and lead them back home to Gunner's Run in Philadelphia for a FREE show. "I wanted to play these shows because we haven't been on tour in a long time where we got anything more than an opening set length and with new songs, we can play a lot longer. We want to play for our own fans and give them a real show, the way we would do it", remarks Mascherino.

Terrible Things is Fred Mascherino (vocals,guitar), Aaron Van Allen (bass, backing vocals), and Steve Curtiss (drums).

Shane Henderson & The Future Perfect

The new project from Valencia singer Shane Henderson. This time Shane has teamed up with Trevor Leonard, and Will Noon (Fun, Straylight Run) to bring you the Future Perfect.

For those who have been fortunate enough to witness Shane Henderson and his various projects through the years, know there is one underlying factor which keeps him moving; his undeniable passion. Now with his new band The Future Perfect, Shane plans to re-light that fire he has worked so hard for over the better part of the last decade. “This project for me was all about being creative and not having any barriers holding me back. Whatever comes out musically is what it will be.” For Shane Henderson and The Future Perfect, this project was about having control of their sound and creating an atmosphere which represented them best, “The studio is a safe place for me, it is really one of the only locations I feel comfortable.”

Fans are familiar with Henderson’s heart wrenching lyrics, now together with an all-star line up consisting of Will Noon and Trevor Leonard; fans can expect the trio to reach heights they never have before. Henderson says,” I have always been one to write about life experiences, and that isn’t going to change.”

The group entered the studio DIY, with no label supporting to ensure total creativity. Henderson explains, “when I have the opportunity to create music that is 100 percent what I would do, I really thrive off of the creative freedom.” From this the band came up with their debut EP appropriately titled “Control.” You can feel that strong passion and determination through the EP and that’s just a short taste of what is to come.

Expect some new styles to be incorporated that fans may not be familiar hearing Henderson explore, however as always you can expect the project to be vocally driven. “I want to take this project to the next level, and get it into the hands of as many people I can,” says Henderson. Expect Shane Henderson and The Future Perfect to hit the road and continue to write and release new material. Shane explains, “it’s time to get back to work and show the world that I was meant to have a life in music, and nothing is going to stop me from continuing to grow as a musician.”

June Divided

Go to college. Get a job... or not. Become a rock star.

It may not be a typical sequence of events, but it's the tale of June Divided. While most starving artists cave in and join the 9 to 5 world, founding members Melissa Menago (vocals, guitar) and Chris Kissel (guitar) turned their backs on the struggling job market and started a band.

...As the pieces fell into place, they turned to the only logical place to find a drummer… Craigslist. It was there that they met and soon fell in love with Keith Gill. Adding Rich Mancinelli (Taking Sides) on bass, the band became a quartet.

June Divided has an uncanny mass appeal. Drawing on post-rock guitar work and undeniable pop rock sensibilities, there is something for Explosions In The Sky and Jimmy Eat World fans alike. Brandishing honest lyrics, each song is a personal outlet. "A good song is universal – something we can all feel in one way or another," says Menago.

With their first single "Bullet" already picking up airplay and a debut EP slated for a Feb. 11, 2011 release, it's no wonder the Philadelphia-based group is getting a lot of attention. According to producer / mix engineer Dan Malsch (Tantric, Framing Hanley, Forever The Sickest Kids), they are "getting off to a good start".

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